Landed in Austria today. The traditional clothing of Austria is the dirndl for women and the lederhosen for men. Dirndl is a synonym of ‘young woman’ in Austrian. The dirndl is an A-line dress, gathered at the waist. It consists of a bodice and skirt, a low-cut blouse with short puffy sleeves, and an apron.
The dirndl for winter has heavy, warm skirts and aprons made of thick cotton, linen, velvet or wool. It also has long sleeves and dark colours. In summer, the style is lighter and more revealing. The dress has short sleeves and is made of light cotton.
An urban legend says that the placement of the knot on the apron is an indicator of the woman’s marital status. This story claims that tying the strap on the woman’s left side indicates that she is single, while tying the knot on the right means that she is married, engaged or not interested in dating.
I love how every country has it’s own traditional clothing and stories that go with it.
Does your country have a story like this?
I’m heading to the opera now, in my most fancy dress.